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2015-09-29

Is Your Car Battery Ready For Winter?

Did you know battery faults are a common cause of breakdown? Furthermore, when cold weather hits, your battery is more likely to fail. HiQ Easy Tyre & Autocentres have put together some helpful advice for looking after your battery this winter and decrease your chance of having a car related breakdown or problem.


Why Might Your Battery Fail During Winter?

During the winter months, the cold and damp weather can have a negative effect on your battery. This is because colder temperatures slow down the chemical process inside the battery and therefore reduce the battery’s ability to hold its charge. This means that the battery may discharge or go flat more rapidly, and if the battery is three years or older, this process is further accelerated.

On top of this, cars tend to be used less frequently over the festive period and during bouts of particularly difficult winter weather. So your car and battery will tend to experience less use over winter. When a battery is left to stand for a long period of time they will suffer self-discharge, making your battery low or flat when you come to drive.


Battery Warning Signs

Unfortunately, most battery failures happen without any real warning, although there are a few warning signs that you can be aware to look out for.


How to Prevent a Flat Battery

Problems can be avoided if you take care of your battery and fortunately the steps to preserving your battery life are fairly straightforward. Things that you can do to increase the life of your vehicles battery include:


Checking Your Battery

The best thing you can do for your car battery is to have it checked, especially if it is older than three years old. It is possible to check your battery at home using a digital voltmeter, however, this process can be complex.

HiQ Easy Tyre & Autocentres offer a free battery check at all branches and it usually takes no longer than five minutes. Head down to your local centre today for your free battery check, you don’t even need to book an appointment.

Are Winter Tyres Worth It?

Winter tyres may seem like an extra and perhaps unnecessary expense to UK residents as we do not usually suffer the extreme temperatures and weather conditions as other countries, such as Germany, where it is a legal requirement to switch to winter tyres when seasons change.

Is Your Car Battery Ready For Winter?

Did you know battery faults are a common cause of breakdown? Furthermore, when cold weather hits, your battery is more likely to fail. HiQ Easy Tyre & Autocentres have put together some helpful advice for looking after your battery this winter and decrease your chance of having a car related breakdown or problem.

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